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5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

Self-improvement

The strangest habits I picked up from living in 23 countries

In that, I have acquired a lot of personal habits that to some may seem weird, annoying, or strange.<p>This post summarizes them all.<p>Countries I've lived in: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Belgium, Colombia, the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Egypt, Italy, Czech Republic, …

Language

24 apps you need on your phone right now

Deciding which apps to download from the thousands available on the App Store or Google Play can be stressful — especially if you just bought a new phone. Even if you've had your phone for years, you may not be using apps that are worth your time.<p>INSIDER found 24 apps that will make your life …

Apps

5 things I had to give up to be successful

There's an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life.<p>No matter what you're trying to accomplish, you'll have to give up something in order to make it happen.<p>When I asked people on Facebook what they had given up to get something else they wanted, I got about 60 answers.<p><i>Even if you get what</i> …

Motivation

These Are The Best Cuts Of Steak To Grill

If you're gonna spend your money, make sure it's on the right cut.<p>You can’t just buy a hunk of meat, throw it on the grill and expect to eat a tasty feast. It <i>could</i> happen if luck is on your side, but if you buy the wrong cut of meat chances are you’ll end up with a tough, chewy meal that will feel …

Philippines hotels: 12 remote luxury resorts | CNN Travel

Editor's Note — CNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy.<p>(CNN) — Whether you're in search of an all-inclusive luxury resort or a chilled-out beach villa, …

CNN

9 simple and classic cocktails every adult should know how to make

Having a few good cocktail recipes in your back pocket is arguably the best accessory you can carry.<p>But overstocking your home bar and trying to learn a bunch of drinks all at once isn't a good idea. Start with one recipe, make it a few times, and then move on to another drink that uses similar …

Cocktails

Think You Have Lots of Friends? Nope: Science Says We're Lucky to Have 5

Research shows that while you're close to 100% sure certain people are your friends, only 53% of the time do they agree with you.<p>Imagine I ask you to make a list of your friends. Not your Facebook friends or Twitter followers. Not the guy down the hall at work that you like to exchange Monty Python …

4 Personal Tips to Set Up for Sleep Success

In case you missed it, it's National Sleep Awareness Week, which got me thinking about my own sleep routine. Like most people, I've had my fair share of sleepless nights. But one of the most immediate benefits I noticed once I started my daily meditation practice was my ability to sleep more …

7 Ways To Boost Your Happiness In Under A Minute

Happiness and positivity are essential to every aspect of getting the most from life after 50. When we feel happy, we are more likely to get out and engage with the world -- and the more we do, the happier we become.<p>Unfortunately, many of the things that can make us happier require a long-term …

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

The Finest Scrambled Eggs Ever

Tasting Table<p>The perfect scramble is a thing of beauty: soft and hot, golden-hued, composed of extraordinarily creamy curds so rich and well-seasoned they verge on cheesy.<p>But of course, there's no need for cheese--not when you've got the pure, intense flavors of eggs and butter. The technique isn't …

The ONE Tourist Mistake You Should NOT Make On Your Next Trip Abroad

Traveling the globe involves learning and adapting to cultural peculiarities one may never even knew existed. Here, HuffPost editors from around the world share their tips on what tourist faux pas you may want to avoid on your next adventure.<p>Let them be your guide on what <b>NOT</b> to do upon arriving at …

The Ultimate Guide to Travel Apps and Websites

The paramount of practical, problem-solving mobile apps and websites to simplify your travel queries.<p><b>Before Your Trip:</b><p>The fun is in planning your vacation -- said no one ever. Regardless, a little organization always pays off.<p><b>Travelboxe.com:</b><p>Launched in 2012, this website allows you to personalize …

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

Airplanes

10 Innovative Websites That Will Change the Way You Travel

Continuous innovation has fueled the rapid growth of online travel information and commerce. Even now--after the market has achieved a measure of maturity--would-be Internet millionaires keep searching for The Next Big Thing. Peer-to-peer interactions? Searches tailored to individual interests? …

11 Keys To Happiness From Other Cultures

You can hoard all the shot glasses you want on your next trip, but they’re not going to guide you to a higher echelon of personal fulfillment.<p>Take home a cultural souvenir instead! These 11 habits from other cultures are small changes that could mean big payoffs in your happiness levels. Try one …

Where To Go In Europe: Find Out Which Countries Fit Your Personality

Sure, a cheese lover would thrive in France and sausage fans do well in Germany. But if you've got some quirkier traits, you may want to consult this list before booking a EuroTrip.<p><b>If you’re:</b> A cheerful male cheeseburger aficionado who enjoys putting cribs together using solely teensy diagrams…<p><b>You</b> …

Are You a Traveler or a Tourist? Take the Quiz to Find Out!

<b>By Candice Gaukel Andrews</b><p>What makes a <i>tourist</i> different from a <i>traveler?</i> When recently pondering that question, I found <i>Merriam-Webster's</i> to be of little help. My old standby dictionary defines a <i>tourist</i> as "one that makes a tour for pleasure or culture" and a <i>traveler</i> as "one that goes on a trip or …

5 Business Writing Tips To Make Readers Hang On Your Every Word

I've read more than 500 business books over the past decade, and they've given me access to some of the best minds on how to lead, market, and grow a business. But as a fringe benefit of all that reading, I've gained a stronger understanding of what it means to write well and communicate with …

How To Make Your Vacation Buzz Last

With a vacation on the horizon, life can seem a little bit brighter. Looming deadlines don't seem so hard to meet, to-do lists become nearly fun, daily annoyances are brushed aside.<p>The problem with a great vacation is that, like all good things, it eventually must come to an end. And when vacation …